News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa - Issue no 955 - 14 December 2018

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Kenya: Angani turns talk into business as the transition to the Cloud begins to take wing

14 December 2018

There was a time when if you could have had US$100 for every time there was a mention of the cloud at a conference, you would have been a very rich man. But it was largely talk rather than walk. Russell Southwood talks Riyaz Bachani, CEO, Angani about how talk is finally turning into business. Cloud provider Angani was launched as a start-up in 2014 and Bachani was bought in to restructure things and run the company in 2016. He says that it was launched “to fill the gap in providing reliable hosting infrastructure, starting in Nairobi but then across…

Telecoms

Ghana: Oku residents cry for help as top of mango tree becomes only spot they make, receive calls

14 December 2018

Though a phone is a major means of getting help in an emergency situation at Oku in the Sekyere Afram Plains North District of the Ashanti Region, residents can only…


Telecoms

Huawei launches budget friendly smartphone in Kenya

14 December 2018

Chinese smartphone manufacturer; Huawei has launched a budget friendly smartphone; the Huawei Y5 Lite in Kenya. According to reports by TechMoran; Steven Li, Head of Eastern Africa Mobile, said the…


Telecoms

Ghana seeking USD100m for rural telephony project

14 December 2018

The government of Ghana is seeking international funding of USD100 million to facilitate comprehensive voice and data connectivity in rural areas, writes Xinhua. Minister of Communications Ursula Owusu-Ekuful said that…


Telecoms

Unitel International enters Zambian market

14 December 2018

Lusaka -UZI Zambia Mobile Ltd, a subsidiary of the Dutch-headquartered and global Unitel International Holdings BV, is set to begin operations in Zambia early next year as the country’s fourth…


Telecoms

Costly smartphones, low investment frustrate Nigeria’s 4G drive

14 December 2018

The efforts of telecom operators to offer Nigerians fast Internet connectivity via 4G network is being hindered by multiple challenges, Ife Ogunfuwa examines them The adoption of fourth generation of…


Telecoms

South Africa: ISPA welcomes ICASA mobile data competition probe

14 December 2018

The best ICT industry news that came out of 2018 was the communications regulator's inquiry into mobile broadband competition. This according to South Africa's Internet Service Providers' Association (ISPA). ISPA…


Internet

Liquid Telecom to invest 8bn EGP ($400m USD) in Egyptian network infrastructure and data centres following completion of ‘Cape to Cairo’ link

14 December 2018

Landmark partnership agreement with Telecom Egypt herald’s significant investment in data centre infrastructure across Egypt and the African continent December 10 2018 - Leading pan-African telecoms group Liquid Telecom has…


Internet

Mobile speeds now top Wi-Fi in South Africa

14 December 2018

There’s long been an industry assumption that Wi-Fi is better than mobile networks in almost every way. As a result, since the arrival of the earliest iPhone and Android smartphones…


Internet

Top-rated fibre and DSL ISPs in South Africa

14 December 2018

MyBroadband’s November 2018 Internet service provider rankings reveal that Cybersmart is the top-rated service provider in South Africa.   The ISP rankings are based on thousands of consumer ratings on…


Internet

Nigeria, South Africa deepen global Internet penetration

14 December 2018

Region’s growth up by 24.4%, Nigeria has 105m users Internet penetration in Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya and other part of Africa, sustained global growth in 2018. It moved from 7.7…


Internet

Malawi: Unicef, TNM Launch 'Internet of Good Things'

14 December 2018

Lilongwe — United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and TNM have partnered to create Internet of Good Things (IoGT), a social media platform that will see TNM users freely access information…


Internet

In brief

14 December 2018

Ghanaian ISP Telesol has officially launched its TD-LTE wireless broadband network across five regions, writes Pulse. Telesol Managing Director Funmi Lamptey said: ‘Telesol is focused on bridging the digital divide…


Computing

Liquid Telecom partners with Code for Africa to map deadly air pollution in Kenya

14 December 2018

Liquid Telecom Kenya has partnered with non-profit civic technology network Code for Africa (CfA) to install air quality sensors at 3,000 sites across Kenya, following warnings that air pollution is…


Money Transfer

Interoperability: The Next Phase Of Mobile Money

14 December 2018

Mobile money continues to revolutionise financial services in emerging economies. Across Africa, there are large numbers of subscribers that use various mobile payments platforms to access a range of financial…


Money Transfer

Africa banking group buys mobile money provider

14 December 2018

Pan-African bank Banque Centrale Populaire (BCP) acquired a majority stake in Senegal-based mobile money provider Wizall, as it bids to increase its presence within the region’s mobile banking sector, Financial…


Money Transfer

Crypto to Get Regulatory Nod in South Africa

14 December 2018

Authorities in South Africa are seeking comments on proposed policy changes that could, among other things, offer cryptocurrencies regulatory certainty. Per the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) and the National…


Money Transfer

Ecobank links up with Okapi to offer 33-state money transfer deal

14 December 2018

Kenyans can trade across borders via their mobile phones after Pan-African lender, Ecobank signed a partnership deal with e-wallet provider, Okapi Finance. Okapi chief executive Gisele Mwepu said Kenyans using…


Money Transfer

Kenya - Govt to probe M-Pesa services outage

14 December 2018

ICT Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru has instructed the Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) to liaise with the Central Bank of Kenya and investigate the cause of the outage of M-Pesa…


Money Transfer

Nigeria : Airtel confirms plans to establish Payment Service Bank

14 December 2018

Nigeria’s second largest network operator, Airtel, has confirmed plans to establish a Payment Service Bank in order to promote financial inclusion in the country. The telco, in a statement issued…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Liquid Telecom gets $180m funding from UK’s CDC Group

14 December 2018

Liquid Telecom received a $180m cash injection from UK development finance institution CDC Group as Africa’s largest fibre-network operator expands broadband infrastructure across the continent. The investment will give London-based…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Airtel is second cellco embroiled in Niger tax dispute

14 December 2018

Airtel Niger, the local wireless unit of Indian telecoms firm Bharti Airtel, has been ordered by the government of Niger to close its offices in the West African country because…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Togolese govt hopes to announce TogoCom strategic partner by end-March 2019

14 December 2018

Togo First writes that the ministers’ council set up to launch an international tender for shares in TogoCom Group, the state-owned holding company formed in July 2017 from the merger…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

No room for another mobile operator in Zim

14 December 2018

Zimbabwe telecoms regulator, the Post and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (Potraz) has confirmed it will not license any additional mobile company in the near future because of the country's limited spectrum…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

U.S.-Based IFC Leads $10M Series B For Kenyan Mobile Produce Platform

14 December 2018

Kenyan mobile produce platform Twiga Foods has raised a $10 million Series B investment led by U.S.-based International Finance Corporation (IFC). The m-commerce startup (electronic commerce conducted on mobile phones)…


Digital Content

What would a city that is safe for women look like?

14 December 2018

Most cities have not been designed with women’s safety in mind but, from Egypt to Rwanda, new technology, design and education are reducing the threat of violence on the street…


Digital Content

Angolan taxi app Kubinga going nationwide after Luanda success

14 December 2018

Angolan taxi app Kubinga is expanding to four other provinces of the country after strong initial uptake in the capital Luanda, and is also targeting other Portuguese-speaking African countries. A…


Digital Content

MTN launches MusicTime streaming service

14 December 2018

MTN announced the launch of music streaming service, MusicTime which is now ‘a world first offering’ from the team at Simfy Africa. MusicTime is a time-based music streaming service, offering…


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Events

14 December 2018

Africa Tech SummitKigaliFebruary 13th-15th 2019 The Summit will once again provide unrivaled insight, networking and business opportunities for African and international tech leaders and investors who want to business in…